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Blockading States Not Keen To Resolve The Crisis, Says Emir

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Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said on Tuesday that Arab states were not interested to end the crisis.

Emir addressed the Advisory Council’s 46th Ordinary Session and said the government was preparing for elections to the consultative body. The necessary legislation would be ready in 2018.

“We express our readiness for a compromise within the framework of a dialogue based on mutual respect for sovereignty and common obligations, but on the other hand we recognise that the indicators that come from the blockade states show they do not want to reach a solution,” Emir said.

The four countries have “put pressure and published rumours and fabrications” against Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.

The emir said that the government was concentrating on completing strategic projects to cope with the blockade.

“Qatar has come under an unjust blockade, during which all established values and norms – not only those prevalent among fraternal and friendly countries, but even among enemies – were breached. It was evident from the nature of the steps that were taken, as well as the accompanying behavior and rhetoric,mthat their goal was not to reach a solution or settlement.

“They have built their campaign on fabrications since the hacking of Qatar News Agency’s website. Their propaganda campaign drives them to get embroiled in more lies which hurt them alone.

“Qatar has pursued a policy of self-restraint, moderate response, and has risen above all wrangles and misbehavior in respect for our values and norms and out of our keenness to maintain the fraternal relations among the Gulf peoples. Qatar’s political approach and diplomacy have gained the respect of the whole world.”

Qatar’s achievements was there to be seen in spite of the blockade. The siege nations tried various methods and even tried to take the World Cup out of Qatar by spreading rumours, the emir said in his speech.

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